Use this to turn a Windows machine into a Wi-Fi router
Winhotspot Version 0.9.120 beta
Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7
Winhotspot is a free, virtual WiFi router program for Windows.
The program allows you to turn your PC into a WiFi router, which means you can turn your wireless card into a hotspot and share your Internet connection with other wireless devices, including PCs, laptops, smartphones, and other mobile devices with Internet connectivity. It is compatible with most versions of Windows, and the interface has been updated to a "metro feel," similar to the Windows 8 design.
Winhotspot includes several features within its user-friendly interface. The main menu allows you to configure the name and password of your hotspot, and it also has legacy repair tools to help with older systems. A client list shows the list of clients connected to your device, and the WiFi Scan menu lists other WiFi signals in range. The scan shows detailed information about the other hotspots, including their SSID, authentication method, BSSID, signal strength, and other details. As of version 2, Winhotspot is a very popular program with over 2 million downloads.
To run the program, download and install the package, and then open the program to the main menu. Under Hotspot Name, enter the name you wish for your new network, enter a password of more than eight characters (uncheck the "hide" box if you wish to see your password), and then select how you would like to share your Internet under the third box, e.g., "Local Area Connection" or "3G Wireless." Once you are done, click "Start," and your hotspot should appear to nearby devices.
A set of repair tools at the bottom of the dialogue box may be able to fix issues if you have any problems creating a connection. Also, the developers are actively maintaining the program and may be able to help with unresolved technical issues.
Easy-to-use shareware program
Repair tools available for legacy systems
Program still being actively updated
Technical issues not always resolved with repair tools
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